Saudi’s SABIC sees 7,000 tonnes LLDPE output loss in Al Jubail

04 September 2012 10:55  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Saudi petrochemical giant SABIC expects a 7,000-tonne loss in linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) output at its Al Jubail plants from a planned four-day shutdown of a reactor at the site this month, a source close to the company said.

Reduced production at the site should not affect SABIC’s allocations to customers, the source said.

“This is a scheduled shutdown which we have planned in 2011. It will not affect our customers,” the source said.

“We will aim to complete the shutdown in four days,” the source said, without providing details on the reactor.

SABIC’s inventories are relatively low at the moment because of an outage at its Yansab facilities, the source said.

“Our supply condition for September is on the tighter side,” the source said.

SABIC markets LLDPE from the following Al Jubail-based plants:

Company

Joint Venture details

Nameplate capacity (tonnes/year)

Petrokemya

SABIC's wholly-owned subsidiary

450,000

(HDPE/LLDPE)

Sharq

SABIC and Japan’s SPDC

400,000

350,000

Kemya

SABIC and Exxonmobil

850,000


By: Ong Sheau Ling
+65 6780 4359



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